When Epcot reopens on July 15, the park will also be kicking off an unexpectedly early edition of the Food & Wine Festival.
In the same Disney Parks Blog post announcing the cancellation of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney announced that Food & Wine will go on, albeit in a modified form.
The “Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival,” as Disney has dubbed it, will feature 20 food booths — down from 31 in 2019 — and will not feature the “Eat to the Beat” concert series that typically draw crowds to World Showcase.
“There will be plenty of music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local Epcot entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more,” wrote Laurel Slater of Disney World public affairs on the Parks Blog. “These fan favorites will spread out their performances throughout the day, giving audiences more options to enjoy them.”
The post did not specify an end date for the festival, only saying it would continue into the fall. Last year, Food & Wine ran until November 23.
Another modification will be touches of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival mixed in with Food & Wine. Epcot’s spring festival only ran for a handful of its planned 90-day schedule thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering Disney World theme parks.
The new Remy topiary in the France pavilion will be left standing and Flower & Garden merchandise will be sold when the festival begins, being replaced later by Food & Wine merch.
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